News & Analysis

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    Amazon bypasses FAA drone restrictions

    Amazon isn’t happy that the Federal Aviation Administration wants to restrict how, when, and where it tests the drones it hopes will deliver packages some time in the future. So it’s opened a secret test facility in British Columbia where it can operate without pesky regulators worrying about drones falling out of the sky and hurting bystanders. [Source: The Guardian]
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    GitHub deflects DDoS attack

    GitHub has been the target of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the last few days, perhaps because the Chinese government wants to prevent anti-censorship tools hosted on the service from spreading. The company now says that it’s able to operate despite the attacks, albeit with intermittent outages. [Source: Reuters]
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    The NSA considered ending controversial call records program before Snowden leaks

    Supporters of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs have argued that the ability to collect information about potential threats is needed to protect the United States from attacks. But even the NSA has questioned those claims. According to the Associated Press, the NSA considered abandoning a program that allowed it to collect and store Americans’ call records before it was revealed to the public by contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden in June 2013. Anonymous “current and former intelligence officials” told…
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    Spotify heads to PlayStation

    Sony has given up on Music Unlimited, the streaming service it included with many of its products, and will now allow PlayStation owners to listen to music via Spotify. The two companies have formed an exclusive partnership that will prevent the music-streaming app from supporting the PlayStation’s competitors, the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U, any time soon. [Source: The Verge]
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    “The days of segregation and discrimination marked by ‘Whites Only’ signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.”

    — Apple CEO Tim Cook on Indiana's discrimination law

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    Tor reportedly hires Verizon’s PR firm to fight back against Pando’s reporting

    Over the past six months, I’ve published a series of stories on the longstanding and deeply conflicted financial relationship between the Tor Project and various arms of the US National Security State. Those arms include the Pentagon, the State Department and a CIA spinoff called the BBG that’s dedicated to waging propaganda warfare against countries hostile to US interests. The articles traced the history of Tor “onion routing” technology and the US military-intelligence apparatus that built it, and explored the role that Tor plays as a 
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    The Harvard developer who Jeff Hammerbacher says was better than Mark Zuckerberg

    One little nugget that almost got lost in our longer interview with Facebook’s former “data god” and Cloudera co-founder Jeff Hammerbacher was about his early days coding at Harvard with Mark Zuckerberg. Back in those days he says he knew Zuckerberg’s code better than he actually knew him as a person. Spoiler: Hammerbacher wasn’t too impressed with it, but in fairness Zuckerberg was distracted building Facebook at the time. They were in a five-person survey and, says Hammerbacher, it wasn’t Zuckerberg…
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    Spotify the subject of acquisition rumors, price to be “north of $14B”

    Digital Music News sites multiple sources who claim Spotify is preparing to be acquired by a mystery buyer in a deal rumored to be priced “north of $14 billion.” The report claims that the Wall Street Journal is prepping an exclusive cover story on the news for this Wednesday, which it will symbolically restrict to subscribers. At that price, if accurate, the list of potential acquirers is short, including possibly: Apple Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Tencent, as well as…
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    The War Nerd: A Brief History Of The Yemen Clusterf*ck

    DILI, EAST TIMOR — I ought to be familiar with the Houthi, the Shia militia that’s now conquering most of what’s worth taking in Yemen. After all, the Houthis started in Saada Province, just a few miles due south of Najran, Saudi Arabia, where I was living a few years ago. But the truth is Yemen was totally closed off to everyone in Najran, and no one except a few networks of smugglers and spies who, from what I heard,…
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    Former Homeland Security head tells Pando why he doesn’t trust his fitness data to the cloud

    Michael Chertoff is one of the millions of Americans who use fitness trackers to accompany them when they exercise. In his case, when he runs. Where the former Homeland Security secretary under George W. Bush differs from most people in that scenario, though, is in the fact that he leaves all his data on the device itself and doesn’t let any of it get saved to the cloud. Sure, he concedes in an interview with Pando, there might be some…
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    Instagram grudgingly agrees that photos of menstrual blood shouldn’t be banned

    From its removal of a page promoting a nude charity calendar to its ban on art critic Jerry Saltz for posting artistic representations of genitalia, Facebook’s policies on sexually suggestive material are among the most Puritanical of all major tech companies. That’s no small feat considering Google’s recent removal of adult blogs and Snapchat’s policy against porn stars making a living wage. But Facebook’s subsidiary, Instagram, went over the line when it removed a photo (shown above) taken by poet Rupi Kaur of a…
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    Kleiner partners respond to judgement in Pao trial with two line, gloaty statement

    This press statement just landed in my inbox from Kleiner, moments after the jury delivered their final verdict exonerating the firm from any discrimination against Ellen Pao. The email says the statement should be “attributed to the partners of KPCB.” “Today’s verdict reaffirms that Ellen Pao’s claims have no legal merit. We are grateful to the jury for its careful examination of the facts. There is no question gender diversity in the workplace is an important issue. KPCB remains committed to supporting women…
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    LIVE: Pao/Kleiner jurors explain how they reached their verdict

    Right now, Judge Kahn is asking jurors in the Kleiner vs Pao case to explain why they reached their verdict. Dan Raile is in court for Pando and is documenting those explanations. Here they are, updated as they come in live from the courtroom. Dan’s full report of the day’s events will be filed later. Kahn: “Clearly the burning question is why you did you reach the verdict you did. If you are comfortable I invite you to answer with moderation…
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    Let’s try that again: Despite flip-flopping jury, Pao loses Kleiner suit on all counts (definitely this time)

    Earlier this afternoon, in a final twist, the judge in the Pao vs Kleiner trial ordered the jury to go back and try again to reach a majority verdict after confusion over juror votes. A jury aiming to understand what really drives one of the world’s most powerful venture first apparently foiled by basic math. But no matter! A few moments ago, that same jury returned, this time promising that they definitely — absolutely — no doubt about it — have reached…
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    DripDrop is a rare startup that actually saves lives

    Plenty of startups claim to be changing the world. But how many can truly deliver on that promise by saving lives? DripDrop, which offers a truly disruptive, medical-grade oral rehydration system can claim just that. After less than two years in the market, the product is now used by professional and elite amateur athletes, military and first responders, and in disaster relief and mainstream hospital settings. But despite these high-intensity use cases, DripDrop is a simple powdered beverage mix…
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